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A Place Called Hope

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A Place Called Hope
By Philip Gulley
Grand Central Publishing
Retail Price $22.00
Amazon Price: $19.80

Book Description: 

When Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It’s not until the couple stands before him that he realizes they’re two women. In the tempest of strong opinions and misunderstandings that follows the incident, Sam faces potential unemployment. Deeply discouraged, he wonders if his pastoral usefulness has come to an end. Perhaps it’s time for a change. After all, his wife has found a new job at the library, his elder son is off to college, and the younger has decided to join the military once he graduates high school. Sam is contemplating a future selling used cars when he receives a call from a woman in the suburban town of Hope, Indiana. It seems Hope Friends Meeting is in desperate need of a pastor. Though they only have twelve members, they also have a beautiful meetinghouse and a pie committee (Sam is fond of pie). But can he really leave his beloved hometown of Harmony?



I am a huge Philip Gulley fan and I enjoyed the Harmony series immensely.  I was a “late comer” to the series so I was able to read most of the books one after the other and I was so disappointed when the series came to an end.  I had always hoped the author would revisit Harmony and Pastor Sam!  I am so glad he did.  I enjoyed this new book just as much as the others.  Gulley brings laughter into your life as we go on an adventure with Sam and his wife Barbara as they leave Harmony leaving the old behind and reaching toward the new.  This was a heartwarming, easy read that I found very enjoyable.

~Reviewed by Rosie B.


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